Given the gathering restrictions, WTM has brought our offerings online in order to keep building our community of practitioners through practice and connection. It’s our goal to give you events that provide learning and experiences that allow you to continue to deepen your mindfulness practice.
Currently, we meet twice a month and both events are online with the Calgary Public Library on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Teachers will explore a variety of topics in support of the practice of mindfulness – events will include a talk, guided meditation, and time for questions and discussion. These events are suitable for all levels of practice. A few key points when registering:
1) These are free events; however, you will need a library membership. If you don’t have one, join here: reg.calgarylibrary.ca
2) If you would rather not register to attend the live event, know that you can always view the talk on our website one week after the original date.
3) After you register for the event, you will be sent a confirmation email from the Library with registration details on how to connect and watch the event online with Zoom.us.
4) Events are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 pm.
5) At WTM, we do have costs to keep these events happening.
Click here to read more how a $5 donation for each event can help.
6) These sessions are provided strictly with the intention to provide education. It is not a forum intended to deal with specific personal issues one might have. Wellness Through Mindfulness and the participating speakers’ content and presentations are not to be used as a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, or other professional advice by legal, medical, or other qualified professionals and that it is the participant’s exclusive responsibility to seek such independent professional guidance as needed.
Schedule of Events:
Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: MINDFUL EATING
September 1, 2022 – 7:00 – 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Marc Landry
Eating is a source of pleasure that we may unconsciously resist, and this results in over-eating or making unhealthy choices.
Let’s explore Mindful Eating from the perspective of boosting the pleasure of eating and be completely fulfilled with no desire to look for more!
Please bring three small food items for the session.
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MINDFULNESS BASED MICROMOVEMENT FOR RELEASE OF TENSION
September 15, 2022 – 7:00 – 8:30pm
Speaker: Christine Wushke
Christine is a myofascial release expert, certified yoga therapist, registered massage therapist and Hakomi practitioner with over 20 years’ experience. Christine’s techniques will help you build self-awareness, interoception and a loving relationship with your body. In this program you will learn how to create healthier movement patterns and solutions for chronic body pain.
Mindfulness-based movement practices have been shown to create functional movement patterns by reprogramming motor control in the brain. These healthier movement habits aid our tissues in becoming more resilient and pliable which offers us more movement possibilities in our various undertakings. In addition to facilitating healthier movement habits, these mindfulness-based practices improve executive function, neural variability, and decision making.
To put it quite simply: mindfulness-based movements impact both your brain and body to not only make you smarter and stronger, but also help you experience less pain.
Mindful movements are also done in smaller, micro ranges of movement. Moving within tiny ranges is also beneficial for those with chronic pain conditions. Micro-movements that feel pleasurable can motivate and inspire more movement, which can then lead to a gradual improvement of range of motion and strength in a safe and organic way.
This meditation will be an introduction to working with micro movements within a meditation practice.
Do you even find yourself wanting to fidget or get distracted by physical discomfort during meditation? This practice is for you! Micromovements are simple and can be done by anyone regardless of physical limitations. The primary purpose of micromovements in meditation is to give the mind something to focus on while simultaneously calming and easing tension in the body. As a pleasant added side benefit this practice hydrates tissues and begins the process of neuromuscular re-education. Chronic tension patterns are typically unconscious, and one big benefit to mindfulness-based movement is that it brings unconscious holding patterns into conscious awareness where we have the ability to create positive change. This approach can be very beneficial for those experiencing chronic tension or chronic pain.
We will start these movements small, and gradually increase to an optimal range for each individual. By the end of the meditation you can expect to feel calmer and at greater ease in your body. I am looking forward to meditating in movement with you all!